To the Moon

Liu Kuo-sung
December 21, 2019 – May 31, 2020
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts




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To the Moon exhibition consists of 64 works by the avant-garde contemporary ink painter Liu Kuo-sung (Liu Guosong). The works on display are classified by subject matter into Calligraphic Abstraction, Space, Water Rubbing, Steeped Ink, and Tibetan Suite series; the dates these works span the half-century period from 1964 to the present. The exhibition not only provides an in-depth look at the artist’s personal creative history, but can be also be seen as historical retrospective of the development of art in Taiwan

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Liu Kuo-sung’s artistic style was forged during a period of roughly six years in the 1960’s. At that time, he used abstract art concepts to develop a minimalist expressive approach to traditional Chinese ink painting, while also employing a downward-looking or bird’s-eye view perspective to create landscapes that seem to be viewed from the air. His nimble changes of viewing angle, large focal brushstrokes, and attention to detail give his ink paintings a distinctive style; his works of this type can be classified as belonging to his wild cursive abstract series.

On Christmas Eve in 1968, America’s Apollo 8 spacecraft gave the world a gift from lunar orbit—a photograph of Earth from the moon. Inspired by this photo and the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, Liu Kuo-sung began furiously working on paintings featuring the sun, earth, moon, and their different phases. When the astronauts on Apollo 11 completed the first moon landing in 1969, this milestone in human history completely transformed the then 37 Liu Kuo-sung’s artistic vision. From this point on, his art spun off countless fantasies and variations; his works of this type are huge in number, and span different periods, but are generally classified as belonging to his well-known Space series.

At around the same time, Liu Kuo-sung continued to retain the essence of traditional painting, and neglected neither the physical principles of figurative, realistic painting, nor the imagined spaces of abstract freehand brushwork, which is attested by works from the various stages of his artistic career: His early novice stage, academy and painting association periods, his abstract wild cursive paintings and space paintings, and when he was making his later grand landscape paintings displaying innovative techniques—all of these periods displayed the fruits of his cumulative study and practice. The realism of some of his works attains an intensely micro focus, but also subtly conveying an abstract expressive spirit, while the overall image still consisted of a figurative landscape picture.

Liu Kuo-sung regards the deep elements of traditional culture with an artist’s curiosity. He employs experimental and innovative techniques in his ink paintings, which gives his works a sense of modernity and contemporaneity. In view of Liu’s deep gratitude and affection for Taiwan, the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts has specially assembled a task team to gathered all available assistance to accomplish this  meaningful exhibition, which commemorates the 70th anniversary of Liu Kuo-sung’s arrival in Taiwan, and have drawn on the artist’s lifelong indomitable spirit as a response to the courage and initiative shown by humankind’s first moon landing half a century ago.

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Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
80 Meishuguan Road, Kaohsiung

December 21, 2019 – May 31, 2020
Reception: Saturday December 21, 2019 3:30 pm
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm



Exhibition News

To The Moon – Gallery Talk

Liu Kuo-sung
On March 3 Elaine Suyu Liu, Director of Loftyart Gallery, will present a guided tour on the To The Moon – Liu Kuo-sung Exhibition in rooms 201 – 203 at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts.
Liu Kuo-sung, Blue Moon Landscape, 1969 – 1990 © The Liu Kuo-sung Archives

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Island Is Land of Dreams commemorates Lin Pang-soong’s departure from his hometown of Tungkang, Pingtung as a youth and celebrates his return in old age. The exhibition begins in 1975 in Lin’s student days away from home in Taipei at National Taiwan Normal University, and spans over forty years to his current works from all over the world, all of which is brought back for the retrospective at the Pingtung Art Museum, as well as the touring exhibition to Setouchi-city Art Museum in Japan.

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Reception: Tuesday, September 10, 11:00 am
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Long Museum, West Bund, Shanghai




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Shanghai’s Long Museum (West Bund) presents Phoenix – Art from the Ashes, a large-scale solo exhibition by the artist Xue Song. Curated by Jeffrey Spalding, the exhibition features important works from Xue’s prolific artistic career spanning over thirty years, including his early ventures with fire and collage, as well as the artist’s current developments and progress with series such as Dialogue with Masters, History & Reality, City & Youth, Chinese Landscape, and Foam.

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3398, Longteng Ave., Xuhui Dist., Shanghai

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Guo Kai’s brush captures the beauty of Huizhou, not in a solely realistic manner, but in response to his emotions, dreams, and personal perception of nature, in a balance between scenery and self, and also heaven and man. His landscape paintings are seemingly shrouded in layers of colorful dreamlike mist, in which blurry sunsets, aged trees, windy ponds, and vast mountains, sing with poetic resonance, giving the viewer a calming sense of spring. In his recent works, his brushwork, composition, and color have become even more refined and elegant, carrying the spirit of ancient masters, like a faraway breeze, into the golden age of the Song and Yuan Dynasties.

Elaine Suyu Liu, Curator

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© Loftyart Gallery

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Huashan 1914 Creative Park – Hall Center 4, Room A3
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Acknowledgement: Joseph Lo Art Foundation





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2007 winner of the National Awards of Arts by the National Culture and Arts Foundation, Lin (Apex) Pang-soong was the youngest recipient of the Arts category in the award’s history, at the age of fifty. Over the years, Lin often finds himself repeating the words “dot by dot,” as a way of self-encouragement through his meticulous series such as My Homeland, Island of Dreams, and Homebound Letters working with the image of Taiwan through pointillism. Lin consciously returns to the most foundational element in painting, the dot, and voluntarily invests his time and energy in piecing together the composition one dot at a time. Slowly and steadily like the beating of a drum or chanting of a sutra, Lin’s painting thereby crosses over into a form of meditation, where Lin develops a new and profound understanding of simplicity, such that a simple act, through repetition becomes great; and a great act, through repetition becomes simple.

Since 2007, Lin Pang-soong’s decade-long commitment to pointillism and the image of Taiwan has allowed him to harvest creative nourishment and cultural roots from his native land. So in facing his art, Lin is free and at ease, and through the thousands of intricately placed dots, the viewer captures a glimpse into Lin’s state of being.

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Hung Yi Has become the leading Taiwanese sculptor in recent years, exhibiting at the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Japan in 2013 and at San Francisco’s City Hall in 2015. Following the recent exhibition at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung, Hung Yi has set his path on Mainland China, starting with Beijing; specifically, the stadium at Olympic Green, the Yangqi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Center with the APEC summit was held, as well as Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth. This touring exhibition across Beijing marks Hung Yi’s first exhibition on the mainland, and is a joint collaboration between Guilin Yuzi Paradise and Loftyart Gallery.

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In any post-modern society, especially in China today, one cannot help but feel somewhat apathetic or emotionally detached from the larger society. With the advancement of free press, mainstream media, and also social media, social problems have become more apparent to the individual. Also, individuals are less burdened with social or political restrain on their thoughts and beliefs. However, as some individuals dwell and reflect more freely upon their surrounding environments, they become less and less confident in their society. As a self-defense mechanism, these individuals, either consciously or unconsciously, are forced to emotionally detach themselves from the society. Thus, they feel a sense of dislocation; being estranged by their own environment.

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Contemporary Art is a constantly developing and changing, especially on different sides of the Taiwan Strait. Although Contemporary Art on the Mainland developed significantly later than Taiwan, the drastic social and economic changes bolstered its incredible development in recent years. Sharing a similar culture and language, and yet separated by the Strait, the differences and similarities on both sides are comparable and remarkable.

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Cheng Tsai-tung, Chu Youye, Hou Chun-ming, Huang Ming-che, Lin Pang-soong, Lin Wan-shih, Liu Dahong, Wu Jun, Yu Youhan

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Lin (Apex) Pang-soong believes one cannot choose one’s physical home, but one can choose one’s spiritual home. The physical home is where one is born, and Lin believes one’s spiritual home is the one that truly nourishes the mind and sound. Luckily for Lin Pang-soong, even though he spends the majority of his time traveling, his physical and spiritual home is the island in which he was born, that is Taiwan.

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